I have always loved being creative as a child and throughout my growing up years. I pursued a degree in Fine Arts in college, focusing on printmaking. I took somewhat of a detour when I earned my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy/Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University and after several years in private practice as a therapist and doing consulting work, I returned to my first passion of art. Currently, I work in encaustic painting (painting with hot, pigmented wax) and oil painting.
The last few years and through my current work today, I focus on themes from nature while incorporating concepts of color theory. I will often do pastel studies that I then translate into larger paintings. Pastels allow me to work quickly and, due to the vibrant quality of the medium, gives me the ability to experiment with and change color combinations. Translating these sketches into larger works can be challenging but the process is always enjoyable. I have an ongoing curiosity about learning new techniques to include in my most recent works. My style tends to evolve while still experimenting with color combinations to best represent the subject and, hopefully, help the viewer see nature in a new way but still reminiscent enough of the real thing to give a person context Therefore, trees may not always be green and the sky may not always be blue but the viewer is invited to “see it anew”.